News Digest: Federal Affairs (September 23-29, 2021)

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Provincial Politics

Chief Minister (CM) of Province 2, Lalbabu Raut has finalized to take a vote of confidence on October 6. Previously, Janata Samajwadi Party had a single ruling party in Province 2 before it split. Now there is a collation government of Janata Samajwadi Party, Nepali Congress, and Maoist. Out of the total of 55 members in JSP, 16 members have joined Democratic Socialist Party-Nepal-led by Mahantha Thakur.

The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has raided on September 29 the office of Province 2 Chief Minister (CM) Lal Babu Raut. A team of the CIAA is investigating the documents following complaints about irregularities in the procurement of bicycles in the campaign ‘Beti Padhau, Beti Bachau’ (Educate Daughter, Save Daughter). Meanwhile, CM Raut has stated that the raiding of CIAA in the chief minister’s office discredits federalism and the provincial government. CM also said there are no irregularities and arrears related activities from the office. 

Economy and Development 

On September 27, Bagmati Province Chief Minister Asta Laxmi Shakya has declared Bagmati as the first literate province in the country. According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, in the age group of 15 to 60 in Bagmati province, 97.22% are literate.

Gandaki Chief Minister Krishnachandra Nepali Pokharel expressing his views at an exchange program. Photo: RSS

In a high-level discussion with the secretaries of the ministries, Finance Minister Janardan Sharma on September 27 directed the officials to prepare work plans for implementing an effective budget. The press statement of the Ministry of Finance emphasizes the effective implementation of the new programs in the replacement budget and the continuity of the project of the previous budget.  Ministry of Finance asserted that the donors have assisted with Nrs. 372 billion from Singha Durbar to the local levels. Reportedly, the government has easily accepted a total of Nrs. 100,000.

On September 26, Chief Minister of Gandaki Province Krishna Chandra Nepali and UNRC Sara Beysolow Nyanti have officially met in Pokhara on the occasion of World Tourism Day for promoting tourism sectors. Chief Minister Nepali expressed that the UN’s support programs are required in Nepal. Meanwhile, UNRC Nyanti said the UN is preparing a development framework for the next five years for provinces.

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